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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
north SunriseRise: 7:40  
clear_day Transit: 11:47  
SunsetSet: 15:53 south
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Altitude: -27.0°   Azimuth: 248.9°   Direction: West-South-West

HR8871 is a double giant star in the constellation of Sculptor.

HR8871 visual magnitude is 6.37. Because of its reltive faintness, HR8871 should be visible only from locations with dark skyes, while it is not visible at all from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about HR8871:


HR8871 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -27.0°
Azimuth: 248.9°
Direction: West-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of HR8871

HR8871 is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern hemisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of HR8871 are provided in the following table:

23h 19m 43s
-33° 42’ 29”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of HR8871 in the sky:

Finder chart HR8871 star
Simplified finder chart for HR8871.

Visibility of HR8871 from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's HR8871 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 123.7°
Max altitude: 4.8°
Azimuth: 236.3°

Digitized Sky Survey image of HR8871

The image below is a photograph of HR8871 from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins). The proper motion of HR8871 is 0.047 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.041 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of HR8871 star
DSS2 image of HR8871. The red arrow shows the motion of HR8871 during the next 10000 years (7.83 arcmin in Right Ascension and -6.83 arcmin in declination);

Distance of HR8871 from the Sun and relative movement

HR8871 is distant 571.93 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 23 kilometers per second.

175.44 pc
571.93 ly
23 km/s
0.047 arcsec/year
-0.041 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of HR8871

HR8871 belongs to spectral class K2 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where HR8871 is situated in the HertzsprungÔÇôRussell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of HR8871. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

HR8871 star system properties

HR8871 is a visual double star which can be observed only with the help of very large telescopes. The table below shows key information about the HR8871 double sysyem:

43.8 arcsec

Alternative designations of HR8871